(CBS Native)– At one time, Joaquín Guzmán aka “El Chapo” was probably the most highly effective drug traffickers on the planet. After escaping jail a number of instances, the previous chief of the Sinaloa Cartel was sentenced to jail for all times in 2019 for prison costs stemming from his involvement within the drug trafficking enterprise in Mexico.
Author and creator Noah Hurowitz spent years of his life overlaying the El Chapo saga for Rolling Stone and lately wrote a e-book for Simon & Schuster about how the 64-year-old constructed one of many world’s strongest drug trafficking operations referred to as “El Chapo: The Untold Story Of The World’s Most Infamous Drug Lord.” CBS Native’s DJ Sixsmith spoke to Hurowitz about spending time in Mexico to write down the e-book, what he discovered about Guzmán and the notorious interview he did with Sean Penn.
“I obtained began overlaying this story on the trial of El Chapo for Rolling Stone and just about instantly I used to be utterly immersed in it,” stated Hurowitz. “It was each day, eight hours a day and hand writing notes. I used to be 20 toes away from El Chapo the entire time. Writing the e-book was my whole life for 2 and a half years. I used to be residing in Mexico Metropolis and it was fairly an expertise. It was actually essential to me to go to Mexico and spend as a lot time as I may within the locations I used to be writing about.”
“I got down to do greater than only a biography. To be completely sincere, I wasn’t simply thinking about telling the story of 1 man,” stated Hurowitz. I believe he’s a really attention-grabbing man and he’s completed a whole lot of insane and attention-grabbing issues. There’s a whole lot of info on the market about his escapes and tunnels below the boarder. After I set out to do that, my purpose from the start was to inform his story and make it attention-grabbing, however to transcend that. What I discovered most fascinating about El Chapo was his early years.”
Hurowitz needed to make use of El Chapo’s story to elucidate how the drug commerce expanded all through Mexico and into the USA. One of many issues the creator needed to nail down was how he went from simply being a man concerned within the Mexican drug cartel to an internationally identified determine. He additionally in fact had to have a look again on the notorious interview between the previous drug trafficker and actor Sean Penn in 2016.
“Proper after he was captured for the final time, it got here out that Sean Penn had met up with him,” stated Hurowitz. “It was insane and I’ve watched it. Sean Penn despatched an inventory of inquiries to El Chapo they usually had him document a video. I used to be eager about what I’d ask El Chapo as a result of in that video a number of the questions Sean Penn asks are simply overly normal and it’s not the most effective interview, no offense to Mr. Penn. The rationale that obtained me eager about what I’d ask El Chapo is that I’m not thinking about El Chapo’s opinions on the drug commerce as a result of I believe they’re self-serving. Finally I see El Chapo as a foul particular person concerned at an govt concerned in a foul enterprise and I don’t see it as that completely different from a whole lot of Fortune 500 CEOs.”
Hurowitz’s e-book is obtainable now wherever books are bought.